Bring the Whole Family to the Mountains for Plenty of Wholesome Fun

Pack the car, grab the kids and head for the mountains! Not only do we have lots of great outdoor activities, but we have several fun parks, the Indian Village, the Outdoor Drama "Unto These Hills," the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and train excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Wholesome fun for all ages.

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Fun, Family Activities

Special Appearances

Contact: Sarah Lawson

Mobile 828-421-0462

Locally owned character and mascot business that strives to create lasting memories at your events. From parties and family reunions to church or business events, you can surprise your guests with a visit from their favorite character.

Cherokee Fun Park

Contact: Laura Jones, GM

Address:

1897 Tsali Boulevard

Cherokee, NC 28719

Local 828-497-5877

Indoor arcade with 75+ games in a fun neon atmosphere, GO KARTS - exciting, high speed racing with under and over passes, mini golf 18 hole beautifully landscaped course, 100s of Prizes & Specialty Rides. Fun for everyone...all set in beautiful Cherokee, NC. Birthday & corporate parties available.

Fun Factory in the Smokies

Address:

1024 Georgia Rd

Franklin, NC 28734

Phone 828-349-8888

Fax 828-524-8826

A 56,000-square-foot family entertainment center with 100+ arcade games, mini golf, the area’s largest go cart track, bowling, laser tag, pizza buffet, fine dining and more!

Stuff and Such

Address:

25-29 Main St

Whittier, NC 28789

Phone 828-497-2393

Area artists and crafters, heritage and holiday exhibits, flea market.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Address:

13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Local 828-488-6900

TF 800-232-7238

Fax 828-488-0301

Nantahala Outdoor Center Rated "One of the Best Outfitter's on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been the leader in the rafting industry since 1972. NOC offers family friendly adventures rafting and paddling the Nantahala River, as well as riverside dining, lodging, shopping, mountain bike rentals, lake kayaking, wilderness medicine training and our world famous Paddling School. There's something for everyone so come see for yourself why NOC is a legend in the outdoors!

Cherokee Historical Association

Address:

564 Tsali Blvd (HWY 441)

Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone 828-497-2111

Phone 866-554-4557

CHA presents the Oconaluftee Indian Village & the outdoor drama Unto These Hills. Visit the recreated 1750s-era Cherokee Village. Regular tours by Cherokee guides present history, crafts, early homes and demonstrations of beadwork, pottery, blowguns, and much more in a beautiful forest setting. Mid-May through October. Unto These Hills tells the history of the Cherokee people from about 1540 through their forced removal from this area in the late 1830s. June-August; check the website for exact dates. General admission seating.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Contact: Ken Blankenship

Address:

Hwy 441 & Drama Rd

Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone 828-497-3481

By combining high-tech wizardry and an extensive artifact collection, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is fun for the entire family and an exciting, educational event. Open daily at 9 am except closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and free for children under age 6.

Where Shadows Walk Haunted History Tours of Western North Carolina

Contact: Gregg Clark

Local 828-399-0209

Phone 828-399-0210

Be it strange disappearances or creeks running red with blood, famous moonshiners or legendary executions, Bigfoot or witches, Bryson City's haunted history tour is like none other. Guests of Where Shadows Walk Haunted History Tours of Western NC will leave amazed, it is a "Must Do" for your visit.

Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine

Address:

Hwy 441

Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone 828-497-6574

Pan for Gold and Precious Gems!

Pan in our water flumes in a covered area, all equipment is furnished, free gemstone identification! Jewelry shop on site.

A Blueberry Farm

Contact: John Boaze

Address:

25 Water Tower Lane

Whittier, NC 28789

Phone 828-497-7253

Approximately 150 adult bushes provide the majority of the crop, with younger bushes in various stages of development also producing. There are nine varities of blueberries on the farm, ripening from late June through to frost. The farm is primarily a U-Pick field, but orders are taken and filled for those who are not able to pick for themselves. July through September, dawn to dusk.

Tail of the Dragon

Address:

17555 Tapoco Road

Robbinsville, NC 28771

Local 828-498-2888

TF 800-768-7129

Fax 828-479-8400

Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. Also known as “US 129,” the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Swain County Heritage Museum

Address:

2 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-3681

Swain County Heritage Museum Located in the 1908 historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City, the museum tells the story of Swain County and its people. Through photos, exhibits and video you will learn about the life of early settlers; and how the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fontana Dam rewrote the landscape and changed lives. You will enjoy seeing the restored log cabin porch, the 1887 church organ and one-room schoolhouse desks, and children's activity area among other items. The museum is open daily, 10 am - 5 pm, Free admission. Parking lot behind the courthouse.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Address:

226 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

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TF 800-872-4681

Phone 828-488-7000

Scenic rail excursions through a remote corner of North Carolina into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of mountains. Excursions include Nantahala Gorge, Dinosaur Train, Polar Express, Mystery Theatre Dinner Train and other themed events. Your excursion includes admission to Smoky Mountains Museum, with its collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars and accessories, impressive operating layout and children's activity center.

Killboy

Contact: Darryl Cannon

Address:

17555 Tapoco Road

Robbinsville, NC 28771

TF 800-768-7129

Started in 2001 and featured in dozens of magazines, books, and even on The Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Travel Channel, killboy.com is your source for motorsports photography and area scenery around the world-famous Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap TN/NC.

Santa's Land Fun Park and Zoo

Contact: Linda Torres

Address:

571 Wolftown Rd

Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone 828-497-9191

Located 3 miles east of Cherokee on US 19. See Santa and his elves, browse through gift shops and exhibits, and visit the domestic and exotic animals in the zoo. Santa's Land also features rides, picnic facilities, and eating establishments. Open daily 9 am to 5 pm from March 31st through October 31st. $19.99, children under 2 free.

Nantahala River Gem Mine

Contact: Brenda Dills

Address:

12121 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

TF 800-468-7238

Fax 828-488-4739

Local 828-488-6345

Gemstone material comes from both the local area, and from mines all over the world. Some gems you may find include rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, topaz, amethyst, rose quartz and many more!

Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians

Contact: Tim Hall

Address:

22 Frye Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-5705

Phone 828-788-0164

Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians An organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Southern Appalachians through the art of storytelling and the making of crafts. We bring the history of the Southern Appalachians to life.


The Great Smoky Mountains have been named by Yahoo Travel as one of the Ten Best Spots for Fall Leaf Color in the USA. And how better to see the leaves than on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, chosen by CNN as a great fall foliage train ride.

Other media mentions about Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.